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The great TTC

Sunday August 24th 2016

TTC information host, why cut funds to public service that understands it needs to go this far.

Video of Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Published on Apr 28, 2016

A mostly complete video of Metrolinx’s meeting regarding the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation on April 27 2016, at St. Sebastien Catholic School 

by Vic Gedris.

The Symes Rd train Wall

“When the wall was built originally it suppose to serve as a sound wall. Now that there is no track behind it something should be done to reduce its height. 100 Symes now has 15+ businesses including a brewery (Rainhart) + Sports gym (Monkey Vault). People are getting lost driving around trying to figure out how to get across. A simple rail will do to prevent traffic.”

As a sound barrier wall from the train noise, the wall had a a very short life. The land that was the rain tracks was then sold to St Helens Meat packers which uses it as a parking lot for their employees. The wall most probably belongs to the City of Toronto, or the development if the houses built on the sound side of the wall at are some type of condo development.

The best solution to increased traffic on the south side of the wall now that is looking for 100 Symes Rd. would be directional signage.

However the wall does present a rather special iconic reuse that retains the memory of the tracks that once fed the Canada Packers site.



St. Clair Avenue Study – Between Old Weston Rd & Blackthorn Ave/Spring Grove Ave referred



from the AGENDA ITEm with highlighted sections

City-Initiated St. Clair Avenue Study – Between Old Weston Road and Blackthorn Avenue/Spring Grove Avenue – OMB Official Plan Amendment Appeal and Potential Zoning By-law Amendment

– Supplementary Report #4
Community Council Decision
Etobicoke York Community Council referred this Item back to the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District, and further:

1. Requested City Planning staff to obtain a further report from the independent Environmental Consulting firm retained by the City; with conclusions and recommendations, and to comment and advise on any further revisions to the proposed policy framework and regulatory approvals as set out in the proposed Draft Modifications to the Official Plan Amendment No. 84, as it relates to other residential sites, for example:

a. Odour and Air Quality Assessment for the recently built “Options For Homes” three apartment towers, off Keele Street, and adjacent to the NRT site immediately to the north, where all the apartment buildings are higher than 16 m.

b. Odour and Air Quality Assessment for the existing TCHC buildings at 61 Pelham Park Gardens and Symington Place at 1884 Davenport Road, immediately to the east of the NRT site, where both apartment buildings are higher than 16 m.

c. Any assessment, comments, or recommendations should include and not be limited to: nuisance odours measured in odour units (“OU”) that can be detected and show where it originates; and any receptor (on-site) mitigation measures.

d. Any other examples in other parts of the City, like the Long Branch Area, where “H” provisions have not been implemented, and how it relates to the St. Clair Avenue Study.

e. Proposed “at-receptor mitigation” alternatives that can be included in any “H” provisions or Official Plan Amendment, that better share the burden of mitigation fairly between any potential applicants for new development and the existing polluter, including alternatives that place the onus entirely on the polluter.

2. Requested City Planning staff to ensure that the Environmental Consultant report also includes:

a. Any existing “regulatory standard” for odour levels or guidelines and how odour levels are identified or where it originates.

b. The regulatory standards or guidelines that are in place, where an average person would be able to perceive a difference between odour levels of building heights between 16 m. and 39 m. or how significantly different any “OU” are at higher heights compared to 16 m. height.

c. The reasonableness and practicability of the proposed Draft Modifications and “H” provisions from the community’s perspective in terms of economic revitalization of the commercial strip that is in dire need.

3. Directed City Planning staff to consult with businesses and residents on any further reports.

4. Requested City Planning staff to give full consideration to the removal of the “H” provision as part of the report back to Etobicoke York Community Council.
(February 6, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District
At its meeting of September 10, 2013, Etobicoke York Community Council deferred consideration of a Planning report (Item EY26.6) on the St. Clair Avenue Study between Old Weston Road and Blackthorn Avenue/Spring Grove Avenue and requested staff to hold a public consultation meeting on the proposed policy framework and regulatory approach set out in the Draft Modification to Official Plan Amendment No. 84 and report back no later than January 2014 with a revised Draft Modification that reflected comments gathered at the public consultation meeting.

A report on the findings and outcome of the community consultation meeting was considered by the Etobicoke York Community Council at its meeting of January 15, 2014. The report also advised that Planning staff had retained the services of an environmental consulting firm to peer review the Draft Modification but had to yet assess the report findings and potential impacts to the proposed policy framework. At this meeting, Etobicoke York Community Council directed Planning staff to report to the February 25, 2014 meeting of Community Council on the outcome of the peer review process.

This report provides a summary of the findings from the peer review process and recommends approval of a revised Draft Modification to Official Plan Amendment No. 84.
Financial Impact
There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report.
Background Information
(February 6, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, Etobicoke York District regarding an OMB Official Plan Amendment Appeal and Potential Zoning By-law Amendment – City-Initiated St. Clair Avenue Study – Between Old Weston Road and Blackthorn Avenue/Spring Grove Avenue

Sarah Doucette , Frances Nunziata, , Joe Mihevc are the only 3 GJA single registrants for City Councillor the 2014 election in their wards

The Stockyards Mall – St Clair Ave. sign-age install photos


The picture does not clearly show the illumination method of the sign-age but it is LEDs



What appears to be a drive in entrance off of St Clair Ave. just east of the Weston Rd. / Keele St intersection



On the Target South west corner is constructed this fall back from the Ave. – probably? to lessen the presence of the structure on the street. Oh! really it probably the sculpture platform, which would be nice 😉




Sign-age was the scene on St Clair West strip of The Stockyards Mall  Wednesday the 29 th with two crews working on the same side  about 50 meters apart.

CofT grants Auth Permiting Install of Stand-Alone Cell Antenna Poles – how they voted


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Rogers Communications proposed pole drawing

City of Toronto is granting the  Authority to  cellular companies  to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles. 

The staff report for this City Council Decision contained an extraordinary amount of letters from organizations and residents, the large number of concerned people prompted the posting of the item.

In a simple sentence the telecommunications companies that supply services such as cellular telephone service want to install their own poles on the city streets to gain a wider footprint for their services. The companies now place  there equipment and masts on private buildings and property. Now the will use the public streets.

Below are some extracts from the city documents concerning the decision. the voting record of the elected members of the GJA is pictured below 1st.

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so that Section 1.1 now reads:

“The City will evaluate the location based on the following criteria with the preferred locations being:

• Arterial roads versus residential streets; based on the City’s review poles may be located on streets where the right-of-way is 36m or greater;
• Locations adjacent to industrial areas;
• Flankage streets. If no flankage street exists, locations which will minimize impacts to view corridors; avoid view terminus and intersections;
• A preferred clearance of 20 metres from structures greater than nine metres in height;
• Locations that are not directly in front of a window, doorway, balcony or the frontage of a residence;
• Any other locations will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
• The placement of more than one antenna within a one-block radius shall not be permitted, except on a case-by-case basis;
• A pedestrian clearance of 2.10 metres is required;
• The antenna pole locations and associated infrastructure must not impede on the City’s ability to plant trees in the right-of-way; and
• The antenna pole location and associated infrastructure should not impede the ability of adjacent commercial properties to establish a boulevard or flankage patio.”

5. City Council direct that the following conditions apply to the authority provided to the General Manager, Transportation Services by Parts 1 and 2 above:

a. Rogers and/or any of the Other Carriers (the “Licensees”) shall enter into a licence agreement in accordance with Parts 6 and 7 below;

b. the Licensees shall develop, in consultation with City Planning Urban Design staff and Transportation Services Public Realm staff design aesthetics for proposed pole attachments that are satisfactory to the City’s Director of Urban Design and Transportation Services Director of Public Realm;

c. proposed Pole locations must comply with the “Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines”, established by the General Manager of Transportation Services, as Appendix B to the report (October 11, 2013) from the General Manager, Transportation Services; and

d. the Licensees must pay an application fee for each location reviewed to ensure compliance with the placement criteria.

above from this document

links  info at the city site to all the documents publicly available

Background Information (Committee)
(October 11, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Telecommunications – Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 1 – Major Terms and Conditions for Pole Licences
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 2 – Antenna Pole and Utility Cabinet Sketches
(October 11, 2013) Attachment 3 – Telecommunication Antenna Placement and Design Guidelines


Cesar Palacio on the Ward 11 and 17 regarding widening the road at St.Clair and Keele between Old Weston Rd & Keele

28-11-2013 4-53-10 PM

Cesar Palacio Public meeting report – thks to commentor Manny who brought this to the blogs attention

Toronto City Councillor
Ward 17 – Davenport

Environmental Assessment- Improvements Underway
In order to reach a permanent solution to this nightmare, I led the charge at City Council
to conduct an Environmental Assessment, which is currently underway. The purpose of
this assessment is to develop options that will alleviate the congestion and bring back
commuter sanity to St. Clair Avenue West.
With the support and backing of Ward 17 Residents Associations, BIA’s and Community
Organizations, I was able to convince City Council to set aside $32 million to deal
with the above noted bottle-neck and the traffic nightmare along St. Clair.
My preferred options to deal with this inexcusable mess include: widening portions of St.
Clair between Old Weston Road and Keele Street, extend Keele Street south from
Lavender adjacent to the tracks, extend Davenport Road through Old Weston Road to
connect with the Keele Street extension, and extend Gunns Road under the rail corridor
to connect with the new Keele Street extension.

To improve cycling in the area, I proposed extending the West Toronto Railpath to the
north (from Cariboo Ave./Osler St.) to connect with the Davenport bicycle lane, Rogers
Road and Lavender bicycle paths creating a more practical bicycle network. (Please
refer to the attached map on the reverse).

St. Clair West / Metrolinx Grade Separation 2015 to 2018 project period

Just a reminder the St. Clair West / Metrolinx Grade Separation under pass widening just east of Keele St. will be a project run thru 2015 to 2018 and cost $32,000,000. It is a needed and great enhancement, but will begin just after the Stockyards mall is completed thus continuing the construction in the area.

Click image to see full size image.

Click image to see full size image.


Link to PDF of above image, st clair weston road bridge cost and date PDF

Parking lot next to Earlscourt Youth Centre to be made available to dog off-leash users

Map - Google maps

Map – Google maps


City Staff recommendations.

That the small parking lot adjacent to the Earlscourt Youth Centre located at 1200 Lansdowne Avenue be made available to dog off-leash users, until the accessible ramp / stairs are built and accessible to park users.

Text from Cesar Palacio Toronto City Council Ward 17 – Davenport below.


Earlscourt Park is a well-used public space that attracts countless of people each year. It is home to many amenities, which includes a dog off leash park, a new state of the art soccer field, beach volleyball courts, and an indoor gymnasium. Furthermore, the Parks and Recreation programs which are offered at the JJP Recreation Centre, located at 1369 St. Clair Avenue West, are at full capacity and continuingly attract numerous people to the area. In addition, the enrollment at the Earlscourt Youth Centre, located at 1200 Lansdowne Avenue, is continually on the rise and is expected to grow in the  future to come. Given the growth and development of this public space, parking and accessibility have become serious  issues in the community, as park patrons currently have a great deal of difficulty in finding any suitable parking on Lansdowne Avenue or neighbouring side streets. Presently, the Earlscourt Park wooden stairs at the southwest corner of Davenport Road and Caledonia Road and mid- block on Davenport Road are not accessible to park users, due to its state of disrepair. A new accessible ramp and stairs are scheduled for construction early next year.

Six City of Toronto City Council members write Minister of Transportation urging to commit to electrify rail corridor



Text of letter sent,


April 2, 2013

Hon. Glen Murray

Minister of Transportation
Corporate Correspondence Unit
3rd Floor, 77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8

Dear Minister Murray,

We, the undersigned members of Toronto City Council, wish to formally request the electrification of the Georgetown Air Rail Link and to remind the Minister that two years ago this past March, Toronto City Council adopted a motion requesting that the Minister of Transportation immediately explore options to electrify this rail corridor in advance of the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Additionally, this April marks the one year anniversary of Council’s request to the Premier of Ontario to add a minimum of eight additional stops to the Air-Rail Link and strong support for ensuring ticket affordability along the Georgetown Corridor in order to promote local ridership.

We, the undersigned, also recognize the report of the Toronto Board of Health, which compared a rail service using the proposed Tier 4 diesel engines to a service with different levels of electrification. Looking at five factors – environment and health, user benefits/quality of life, social and community, economic, financial, and deliverability – the study concluded that electric trains provided opportunities for an improved service with lower running costs, and that electrification was currently cost-effective for the Lakeshore and Georgetown corridors.

As the local Councillors representing the areas and residents directly affected by the Air Rail Link’s diesel trains, we also support the Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations, that;

1. the Board of Health urge the Minister of Transportation to provide secure and dedicated funding to electrify the GO Transit rail service as soon as possible, starting with the Georgetown and Lakeshore corridors; and

2. the Board of Health request the Government of Ontario commit to electrification of the entire GO Transit rail service.

As you are no doubt aware, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved the electrification of these rail lines in 2011. Now we urge you to join with local residents, councillors, Toronto City Council, the Toronto Board of Health, and numerous other organizations to formally announce secure and dedicated funds for the electrification of the GO Rail system as soon as possible.


The Economist reports, Toronto city council has succumbed to political gridlock

Well the Economist newspaper has published a listing of our mayors trips and falls and thrown in a bit about our detached from necessity city council, for all the world to see.

Not to paste up everything we have all followed and endured with the council of shambles, the blog has pasted below some insight – as the Economist usually injects into its stories some real information and ideas about our city.


excerpt of insight from the article below full article here

But some of his fellow councillors want Mr Ford to step aside temporarily to curtail the uncertainty at city hall. The council could call a by-election or appoint a temporary mayor. Mr Ford’s term has been “a constant sideshow of litigation, gaffes and a distracting focus on high-school football,” said Josh Matlow, who represents a central ward. If the city council is to deal with Toronto’s problems, “this circus” must come to an end, he added.

Stand on the platform at St Andrew subway station in the city centre and Toronto’s problems are evident. The walls are grimy, and sections of vinyl panelling are missing. Renovations begun in 2009 are unfinished. Chronic underfunding of an overburdened public-transport network, and the council’s lengthy wrangling over a new plan have created a shabby and truncated subway that is unfit for the world-class metropolis Toronto claims to be. Although several new light-rail lines funded by Ontario’s provincial government are being built, the lack of public transport means that more than 70% of Torontonians with jobs drive to work. They face longer journey times than commuters in car-obsessed Los Angeles.

A second problem is that, whereas Chicago and other American cities have turned their waterfronts into attractive, accessible public areas, Toronto’s is hidden by a wall of apartment towers and separated from the city by an elevated expressway. Last year Mr Ford withdrew the city’s support for a redevelopment plan endorsed by the previous council as well as the provincial and federal governments, which both own parcels of lakefront land. He wanted to replace a proposed park with a mega-mall and a giant Ferris wheel. After much debate and delay, the city has reverted to the original plan.

Toronto still ranks highly on international lists of desirable places to live. But its politicians’ inability to come to grips with its problems is alienating some admirers. Richard Florida, an American urban guru who moved to Toronto in 2007, says the city is now “a more divided and contentious place, its once enviable social cohesion at risk, a growing split pitting downtown against the suburbs”.

City council approves, donations to groups for use of space for a Town Hall meeting if the organization does not charge rent for their facility


Text of change

1. Councillor donations to community groups be an ineligible expense with the exception of donations to groups for use of space for a Town Hall meeting if the organization does not charge rent for their facility and Section 5 (Allowable Expenses) of the Councillor Expense Policy dated May, 2012 (Attachment 6 of the report (May 29, 2012) from the Deputy Mayor and the City Clerk), be amended accordingly.

Vote (Amend Item)
Jul-11-2012 8:02 PM

Result: Carried


Majority Required – EX21.9 – Motion 8 – Doucette (raised motion)
Yes: 26 Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
No: 17 Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

6 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Lost)
That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 1 with respect to donations to community groups and instead adopt the original proposed policy, in Section 5, Appendix 6 of the Councillor Expense Policy, as follows:

“That Community Expense – Donation to Community Groups be an eligible expense category.”

Vote (Amend Item)
Jul-11-2012 8:00 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required – EX21.9 – Motion 6 – Fragedakis
Yes: 21 Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
No: 22 Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Absent: 2 Frank Di Giorgio, Ron Moeser

7 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor John Filion (Carried)

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Budget issues affecting the Greater Junction Area by Toronto Council Jan 17 2012